I Feel Sorry For Kids Today

**If you don't feel like reading my usual wall of text, just skip down to the list**

 

Look, kids today have a lot of advantages we never had, but in a lot of ways, I think we (60's,70's,80's kids) had it much better.  Kids today seem to have a more adult life passed off as a childhood nowadays.  My kid has toys, snacks and general entertainment that I could only have wished for when I was a kid.  We only had 4 channels growing up, we were pretty poor.  But man kids seem repressed today, I think we coddle them way too much.  I am constantly battling the wife about just letting our daughter be a kid and that it is okay if she gets hurt (Within reason obviously), that it will build character and teach her valuable lessons.

 

Davefu posted a Porkies movie in another thread and it got me thinking about my childhood in the 80's and all the things we did that would probably get parents arrested today and be front-page news.

Granted we were poor and my parents really didn't give a shit about me so I am sure that I had more freedom than some but I'm sure most 80's kids can relate to some of these things we did as 80's kids in the city: (Country kids had way more freedom I'm sure)

 

-Drove around town in the back of a pick-up with a bunch of our buddies with no hassles.

-Woke up, ran out the door and didn't return until we were hungry.

-Spent most days down at the creek, roaming the forest.

-Layed under the back window of the car sans seatbelt, while the car was in motion, on the highway...  No one beeped or yelled or called the police.  Seatbelts in the early 80's were more of a suggestion.

-No one ever called the cops on anyone else or got in each other's business for petty issues.

-It wasn't a big deal to play with pellet guns and fireworks.

-We had way, way, way less supervision.

 

Keep in mind too that there was much more crime back then too, yet we had more freedom.

 

What are some awesome things from our childhood that kids today could never do or would get parents in shit today?  Add to the list.

 

 

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Yes! Wouldn’t trade growing up pre-internet for the world.

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Gaming and internet are the two worst things that happened to humanity, other than Trudeau. 

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I remember flying to Disney from NJ to FL and the smoke being so thick from all the people smoking that my Dad was fanning his face as we played cards in the first row of Non-smoking.  
 

Just yelling “going out to play” at some time in the morning during the summer and Mom yelling  back “dinner is at 5:30, be home or don’t eat”

 

My Uncle damn near drowning me, my brother and our cousin Jason all while the other adults laughed as I thought I was dying.  
 

When school was closed for a snow day and leaving as early as possible to go door to door hustling for $10-$20 to shovel driveways and sidewalks.   Then without fail asking to go to footlocker the next available day to buy cool sneakers.  

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I think ages 6-12 suffer from lack of freedoms as they can’t just go out and get together for a whole day the way we did.   Above that my kids are out, about and adventurous....and already know that online presence is a trap so just use it for sharing what they would actually want the world to know.

 

 

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R1WARRIOR -

Gaming and internet are the two worst things that happened to humanity, other than Trudeau. 

this. i have 2 teenagers. my daughter (just graduated HS) has been calling it her 80s summer. her and her friends all got long boards and they hang out in the park for hours, or they'll swim at somebody's house and generally bounce around until they land somehwere for a camp fire at night. granted, it took her until 17 to figure this out when i was rocking that life at 11, but she at least she is getting a taste of it before it is too late.


 


my 15 year old and his friends almost never hang out together outside of organized sports. it is always gaming.

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QuietLittleHillbilly -

Yes! Wouldn’t trade growing up pre-internet for the world.

Yeah, no kidding.


If I had the internet as a kid I most likely wouldn't have spent most of my waking hours outdoors playing chase, building forts, fishing, riding bikes etc. 


I mean I'm glad I have access to a bottomless pit of porn now though.

R1WARRIOR -

Gaming and internet are the two worst things that happened to humanity, other than Trudeau. 

We had gaming when I was a kid.  I had the Atari 2600 and it was awesome.  But I still spent most waking hours outdoors playing. 


I think the internet is the real game-changer here, the portability and the online multiplayer is the bigger issue IMO.


I'd say the internet is the single worst thing to happen to kids, in the scope of this conversation.  Without the internet you wouldn't have such a degree of cell phone usage. 


 


 

ABCTT_sakurabas ear - 

I remember flying to Disney from NJ to FL and the smoke being so thick from all the people smoking that my Dad was fanning his face as we played cards in the first row of Non-smoking.  
 


Just yelling “going out to play” at some time in the morning during the summer and Mom yelling  back “dinner is at 5:30, be home or don’t eat”


 


My Uncle damn near drowning me, my brother and our cousin Jason all while the other adults laughed as I thought I was dying.  
 


When school was closed for a snow day and leaving as early as possible to go door to door hustling for $10-$20 to shovel driveways and sidewalks.   Then without fail asking to go to footlocker the next available day to buy cool sneakers.  


You were molested. 

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In 20-30 years, when todays kids are our age, I bet they will be saying the same thing.  We live in a world where rapid change is among us.  

I am super glad that I was not born 5-10 years later because I would have been forced ADD/ADHD meds...then anti-depresants, then a sleep aid...etc.  

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R1WARRIOR -

Gaming and internet are the two worst things that happened to humanity, other than Trudeau. 

Not saying you're wrong by the way, gaming is a huge issue for sure.


I just think the catalyst was the internet and that gaming was never an issue for anyone I knew growing up.  But obviously the games back then were completely different. 


 


 


 


 

kingofpancakes -
ABCTT_sakurabas ear - 

I remember flying to Disney from NJ to FL and the smoke being so thick from all the people smoking that my Dad was fanning his face as we played cards in the first row of Non-smoking.  
 


Just yelling “going out to play” at some time in the morning during the summer and Mom yelling  back “dinner is at 5:30, be home or don’t eat”


 


My Uncle damn near drowning me, my brother and our cousin Jason all while the other adults laughed as I thought I was dying.  
 


When school was closed for a snow day and leaving as early as possible to go door to door hustling for $10-$20 to shovel driveways and sidewalks.   Then without fail asking to go to footlocker the next available day to buy cool sneakers.  


You were molested. 

I went to catholic school for K-3rd, of course I was.  

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ABCTT_sakurabas ear -

I remember flying to Disney from NJ to FL and the smoke being so thick from all the people smoking that my Dad was fanning his face as we played cards in the first row of Non-smoking.  
 


Just yelling “going out to play” at some time in the morning during the summer and Mom yelling  back “dinner is at 5:30, be home or don’t eat”


 


My Uncle damn near drowning me, my brother and our cousin Jason all while the other adults laughed as I thought I was dying.  
 


When school was closed for a snow day and leaving as early as possible to go door to door hustling for $10-$20 to shovel driveways and sidewalks.   Then without fail asking to go to footlocker the next available day to buy cool sneakers.  

"Just yelling “going out to play” at some time in the morning during the summer and Mom yelling  back “dinner is at 5:30, be home or don’t eat”


Yup, this is what made my childhood great in some respects.


The smoking part is not something I miss though, that shit was gross.

We had metal playgrounds in AZ and would play smear the queer. Now it's all plastic and shaded and everyone kid is a queer.

 

There is a train Bridge over Tempe Town Lake. It was a dry river bed back then and we would play chicken on the train Bridge to cross before a train would be come.

 

 

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Aarin -

In 20-30 years, when todays kids are our age, I bet they will be saying the same thing.  We live in a world where rapid change is among us.  


I am super glad that I was not born 5-10 years later because I would have been forced ADD/ADHD meds...then anti-depresants, then a sleep aid...etc.  

Definitely. 


This next gen of kids (My kid) will have a unique experience with all this racial BS and the political strife. 


But they will probably have access to tech during their childhoods that we can't even fathom right now.  (Not sure if that is a positive though)


But yeah, we all romanticize our childhoods and the time frames they happened in.  But the 80's were pretty awesome.

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ABCTT_sakurabas ear - 
kingofpancakes -
ABCTT_sakurabas ear - 

I remember flying to Disney from NJ to FL and the smoke being so thick from all the people smoking that my Dad was fanning his face as we played cards in the first row of Non-smoking.  
 


Just yelling “going out to play” at some time in the morning during the summer and Mom yelling  back “dinner is at 5:30, be home or don’t eat”


 


My Uncle damn near drowning me, my brother and our cousin Jason all while the other adults laughed as I thought I was dying.  
 


When school was closed for a snow day and leaving as early as possible to go door to door hustling for $10-$20 to shovel driveways and sidewalks.   Then without fail asking to go to footlocker the next available day to buy cool sneakers.  


You were molested. 

I went to catholic school for K-3rd, of course I was.  


That's hot.

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ABCTT_sakurabas ear -
kingofpancakes -
ABCTT_sakurabas ear - 

I remember flying to Disney from NJ to FL and the smoke being so thick from all the people smoking that my Dad was fanning his face as we played cards in the first row of Non-smoking.  
 


Just yelling “going out to play” at some time in the morning during the summer and Mom yelling  back “dinner is at 5:30, be home or don’t eat”


 


My Uncle damn near drowning me, my brother and our cousin Jason all while the other adults laughed as I thought I was dying.  
 


When school was closed for a snow day and leaving as early as possible to go door to door hustling for $10-$20 to shovel driveways and sidewalks.   Then without fail asking to go to footlocker the next available day to buy cool sneakers.  


You were molested. 

I went to catholic school for K-3rd, of course I was.  

That and you were the cutest kid in special ed.

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I think girls still have it well, although the simple things were probably part of the fun of growing up back in the day. Boys, on the other hand, are being brainwashed into gays by the establishment.

 

Mutant -

We had metal playgrounds in AZ and would play smear the queer. Now it's all plastic and shaded and everyone kid is a queer.


 


There is a train Bridge over Tempe Town Lake. It was a dry river bed back then and we would play chicken on the train Bridge to cross before a train would be come.


 


 

"Now it's all plastic and shaded and everyone kid is a queer."


LOL, thanks for the laugh.


 


Oh man, I forgot about playing on the train tracks!  We used to play chicken with trains too.  There was a train track in our back 40 that ran across a bridge over the creek.  That is where we would play.  Also, putting quarters on the train tracks to try to make slugs so we could rip-off the gumball machines.


 


Looking back at it, a lot of the stuff that I have fond memories of are the things that would drive me crazy today if I saw kids doing.  We were little shit heads lol


Oh, almost forgot, smoking on the edge of the pillars to that bridge like tough guys.  Even rolled our sleeves up to put the pack of smokes in there, just like we saw in "Stand by me".

ScreenName22 -

Social media is crushing our country. I would not miss it if it were gone.

It might be the single worst thing for society.  But it is just a medium like other mediums, it is still the assholes taking advantage of the tech that are really behind it.


But I agree with the sentiment, get rid of it.